Today, children and families are increasingly mobile. This is especially true for military families, immigrant families, families who must travel to make a living, homeless families and families living in poverty. Young children and their families need professional support from individuals who are interested in working with them in a society that is always "on the go." That person could be you.
Early Care and Education for a Mobile Society (ECEMS) is an online undergraduate program provided by seven universities working in collaboration. This bachelor's degree program will prepare you to work in early childhood settings with young children, especially those whose family members are highly mobile. When you complete the program you will be qualified to work in a variety of programs that offer early care and education in the community and on military installations. Some of these programs are:
Upon successful completion of the ECEMS bachelor's degree program, you will be able to:
Make your application to the Early Care and Education for a Mobile Society (ECEMS) program. You will select a "home" university to which you will apply, enroll and pay tuition and this institution will award your diploma. To be admitted, you must already have completed at least 30 credits (applicable to graduation requirements) earning at least a 2.5 grade point average (GPA). These hours must include a Human Lifespan Development course. Following your admission to the ECEMS program, you will complete 51 credit hours in 12 core courses and three practica through Great Plains IDEA plus any remaining credit hours required by the admitting institution for completion of a bachelor's degree. Each of your courses will be taught entirely on line by the partner institutions. The ECEMS program is designed to ensure that you will meet the professional preparation standards endorsed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC; 2011)
You will select one of the participating universities to be your "home institution." This is the university to which you will apply for admission, You must meet the admissions and graduation requirements of your home institution. The home institution will determine the number of credit hours from previous study that may be transferred in to meet degree requirements.
|Michigan State University||Meagan Mitin|
|University of Missouri||Nita Smarr|
|University of Nebraska-Lincoln||Kelsey Sims|
|Texas Tech University||Leslie Myatt|
|Iowa State University||Karen Smidt|
|South Dakota State University||Theresa Ireland|
Download a copy of frequently asked questions about the Early Care and Education for a Mobile Society program.Student Handbook
Download the Early Care and Education for a Mobile Society student handbook.Practicum I Cooperating Teacher Handbook
Download the Early Care and Education for a Mobile Society student handbook.Student Success Center
The online hub of resources to support your academic and student experience.Learning Management Systems
Students use the Learning Mangaement System at the teaching university. Contact the campus coordinator for more information.
|Iowa State University||Blackboard|
|Oklahoma State University||D2L|
|South Dakota State University||D2L|
|Michigan State University||D2L|
|University of Missouri||Blackboard to Canvas|
|University of Nebraska-Lincoln||Blackboard to Canvas|
|Texas Tech University||Blackboard|
Degree and course titles will vary by institution. This degree program does not lead to teacher licensure.
Information regarding program courses, including descriptions, contacts, and textbooks.
View descriptions of program courses.
You will take courses via distance education from all the universities participating in the program. You will pay the Great Plains IDEA common price per credit hour for the 51 credits required for program completion, regardless of their home institution or the institution teaching the course. The common price does not apply to tuition and fees for any remaining credit hours needed to complete the bachelor's degree. The 2014-15 common price is $370 per credit hour. The 2015-16 common price is $380 per credit hour. You may apply for financial aid through your home institution.